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Philipstown Justice to Step Down Amid Judicial Complaints

Philipstown Justice to Step Down Amid Judicial Complaints

A longtime Town of Philipstown judge, who faced judicial complaints, is resigning from his position, officials announced Thursday. Alan Steiner, who is the Philipstown justice and acting Village of Cold Spring justice, has notified town and village officials of his intent to step down on September 20 according to the New York State Commission on […]

Does Your State Lawmaker Deserve a Pay Increase?

Does Your State Lawmaker Deserve a Pay Increase?

As a New York State sanctioned commission considers a 46 percent pay raise for state senators and assemblypersons, lawmakers in the Lower Hudson Valley had mixed feelings about the potential bump in their own salary. The Commission on Legislative, Judicial, and Executive Compensation, a seven-person panel, is determining whether lawmakers deserve more than the $79,500 […]

Business Profile: Lawrence Zacks-RE/MAX, Somers

Business Profile: Lawrence Zacks-RE/MAX, Somers

To find the perfect house, real estate agent Lawrence Zacks, owner of a RE/MAX branch in Somers, learns as much about a buyer’s background as possible. Depending on if a buyer grew up in a cramped apartment in the city, or dozens of acres on farmland in the mid-west, Zacks needs to know everything about […]

Putnam Hospital Center Hires New President

Putnam Hospital Center Hires New President

Peter Kelly has joined Health Quest as the president of Putnam Hospital Center. “I’m delighted to be at Putnam Hospital Center and look forward to participating in the further development of Health Quest and the benefits it will bring to the hospital and the patients we serve,” Kelly said. Kelly replaces James Caldas, who left […]

Putnam and Carmel Face Lawsuit Against Exonerated Man

Putnam and Carmel Face Lawsuit Against Exonerated Man

Free from prison after a wrongful conviction locked him up for almost eight years, William Haughey intends to file a federal lawsuit against New York State, Putnam County, and the Town of Carmel. Claiming he was falsely arrested and imprisoned, Haughey is also taking the state to the NYS Court of Claims for $25 million, […]

BOCES Hosts Women in Educational Leadership

BOCES Hosts Women in Educational Leadership

Seventy-six percent of teachers nationally are women, yet only 27 percent hold the top job of school superintendent. Statistics like that led Jazz Conboy, general counsel of the New York State Council of School Superintendents, and Lynn Allen, assistant superintendent of Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES, to organize a retreat entitled “Supporting Women in Educational […]

War of Words Ensue After McDonough Booted from CON Line

War of Words Ensue After McDonough Booted from CON Line

The race between Republicans Kevin Byrne and Suzi McDonough heated up last week after McDonough was thrown off the Conservative line ahead of September’s 94th district assembly primary. McDonough, a Carmel councilwoman and Mahopac resident, was tossed from the Conservative line by the New York State Board of Elections after she submitted signatures that were […]

Kent OKs Maternity Leave for Town Workers

Kent OKs Maternity Leave for Town Workers

By Arthur Cusano Kent town employees will be now able to spend a little more time with their newborns, thanks to a new policy put in place last week at Kent’s town board meeting. Employees can now get two weeks paid maternity or paternity leave following the birth of a child or adoption. Four town […]

Moms Across Region Take Part in ‘Big Latch On’

Moms Across Region Take Part in ‘Big Latch On’

More than 20 mothers across Putnam County and the greater region took part in the Big Latch On, meant to raise awareness and promote breastfeeding worldwide last Friday. The third annual event took place at the Carmel Fire House and at 10:30 a.m., the mothers simultaneously breastfed their child or children, along with hundreds of […]

Ailes Pulls Donation From Philipstown Senior Center

Ailes Pulls Donation From Philipstown Senior Center

(This article has been updated.)  Roger Ailes’ donation toward a new senior center in Philipstown turned out to be worth a half-million dollar disappointment. In a stunning move that throws questions into whether a new senior center will be placed at the Butterfield redevelopment in Cold Spring, Ailes, a Garrison resident and former Fox News […]

Town of Patterson, Union Workers Look to Reach New Contract

Town of Patterson, Union Workers Look to Reach New Contract

Patterson town highway and sanitation workers, part of the CSEA union, picketed outside town hall Wednesday evening prior to a meeting in which the union and town board looked to hash out some of their difference in hopes of reaching a new contract. The town and union have been in discussions since last August and […]

Kent Resident Honored for 4-H Fair Dedication at the Grill

Kent Resident Honored for 4-H Fair Dedication at the Grill

For the past 35 years, under the blazing sun, Bill Giles has been working the grill at the 4-H Fair cooking sausages, hot dogs, and burgers for thousands of residents and other fair visitors. To commemorate his 35th year of hard work and withstanding the heat, Giles, a Kent resident, was honored with this year’s […]

Ailes Pulls Donation for Philipstown Senior Center

Ailes Pulls Donation for Philipstown Senior Center

Garrison resident and former FOX News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes has pulled a $500,000 donation meant to go toward a new senior center at the Butterfield redevelopment. In an article in the Putnam County News and Recorder, which is owned by the Ailes family and operated by his wife Beth, it states after the […]

Mahopac Golf and Beach Club Member Wins Met Junior Championship

Mahopac Golf and Beach Club Member Wins Met Junior Championship

An eagle and three consecutive birdies by Christian Cavaliere during a five-hole stretch of the championship match in the 99th Met Junior Championship sponsored by MetLife helped propel the Katonah native to the title at The Patterson Club on July 14. Cavaliere came out on top in every facet this week, earning medalist honors in […]

Internationally Televised Adventure Series Coming to Putnam

Internationally Televised Adventure Series Coming to Putnam

The Fireball Run is making a pit stop in Putnam County this fall! The Fireball Run is a nationally streamed, internationally televised, adventure-travel series. Join Putnam County as we welcome teams of adventure seekers as they participate in an epic 2,000 mile, life sized, trivia road race. Their upcoming 10th anniversary season will feature teams […]

Business Profile: Marbled Meat Shop, Cold Spring

Business Profile: Marbled Meat Shop, Cold Spring

Eating “real meat” these days isn’t as easy as it seems, but enter Marbled Meat Shop in Cold Spring and you can expect to purchase meat the way it’s supposed to be produced, thanks to owners Chris Pascarella and his wife Lisa Hall. Pascarella and his wife opened their shop in December 2014 and have […]

Town Park and Beach Smoking Ban Okayed in Putnam Valley

Town Park and Beach Smoking Ban Okayed in Putnam Valley

By Neal Rentz The Putnam Valley Town Board voted unanimously on July 22 to ban smoking from town park facilities, including beaches. The legislation stated the town board was creating the ban because of the potential health hazards associated with smoking and the debris created from smoking. Those found to violate the new law for […]

Ailes’ Name to be Placed on County Facility Amid Controversial Allegations

Ailes’ Name to be Placed on County Facility Amid Controversial Allegations

Roger Ailes might be out at Fox News, but Putnam County officials signaled last week allegations of sexual harassment haven’t deterred them from still putting the Garrison resident’s name on the new senior center in Cold Spring. Ailes resigned from his position at Fox News last week amid rising allegations that he sexually harassed multiple female employees […]

Tops Supermarket to Replace Hannaford in Putnam Plaza

Tops Supermarket to Replace Hannaford in Putnam Plaza

Though it’s unclear when, it’s a forgone conclusion that the Hannaford Supermarket in Carmel will soon be replaced with another supermarket chain. In a press release, Tops Markets confirmed it has entered into an agreement to purchase the Hannaford located in Putnam Plaza, along with four other stores in the Hudson Valley. Tops intends to […]

Business Profile: Chris Automotive, Carmel

Business Profile: Chris Automotive, Carmel

When Chris Rini first opened Chris Automotive, he had a dream of being the best car service shop in town. He never dreamt he’d be this big though and still around 25 years later. “For the first year in, I didn’t know if I was going to make it five years” Rini said. “I’ve dedicated […]

Brewster School Board Taps New School Chief

Brewster School Board Taps New School Chief

Hiring from within the district, the Brewster Board of Education selected Dr. Valerie Henning-Piedmonte to lead the Brewster school system after it officially appointed her superintendent of schools on July 14. During a special board meeting held at 8 a.m., the school board unanimously picked Henning-Piedmonte as the next superintendent of schools starting on August 1. […]

Jimmy O’Neill Remembered as Advocate for Law Enforcement

Jimmy O’Neill Remembered as Advocate for Law Enforcement

One of Putnam County’s strongest advocates for law enforcement died Sunday in an apparent heart attack, leaving friends and family in shock and grieving the loss of Jimmy O’Neill. O’Neill was president and founder of the Stephen P. Driscoll Memorial Lodge, a chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police, and a retired New York City Police detective, […]

Facing Severe Shortage, Putnam CAP Pleas for Grocery Donations

Facing Severe Shortage, Putnam CAP Pleas for Grocery Donations

With summer in full gear, Putnam Community Action Program (CAP) is facing a familiar problem of severe grocery shortages meant to help the most vulnerable residents in the county. In a press release Friday morning, CAP issued a plea to residents to donate numerous non-food items that are taken for granted by many. With residents […]

Mahopac High School Named Community Service Challenge State Champion

Mahopac High School Named Community Service Challenge State Champion

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) announces Mahopac High School (Section 1) as the 2016 winner of its Community Service Challenge program. “This is an award that means a lot to us and says a lot about what our school can accomplish,” said John Augusta, Director of Athletics, Health and Physical […]

Business Profile: Premier Transportation & Driving Service, Brewster

Business Profile: Premier Transportation & Driving Service, Brewster

Going to the doctor’s office is already dreadful enough, but with John Kelly and Premier Transportation & Driving Service Inc. is doesn’t necessarily have to be. Kelly’s Premier Transportation business opened a couple months ago and since then, he’s been driving all over Lower Hudson Valley and Tri-State area giving rides to residents that need […]

Two Years after Leaving Senate, Ball Lives ‘Third Dream’ in Texas

Two Years after Leaving Senate, Ball Lives ‘Third Dream’ in Texas

For a man who loved the spotlight and seemed to eat, sleep, and breathe politics and public office, when former New York State Senator Greg Ball stepped aside from office at the end of 2014, it was hard to believe a person cut from that cloth was ready to move on. But with all that […]

Garrison Resident Named Putnam Rep. to MTA Board

Garrison Resident Named Putnam Rep. to MTA Board

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell has named Neal Zuckerman of Garrison to represent Putnam County on the board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Zuckerman has served on the Metro North Railroad Commuter Council (MNRCC) in the Putnam County seat since 2010; he has also served on the MTA board in a non-voting capacity as […]

Gun Rights Discussed During 2nd Amendment Forum

Gun Rights Discussed During 2nd Amendment Forum

On the heels of a national debate over gun control, an array of Republican elected officials and guest speakers spoke about firearm laws in New York at the Paladin Center Wednesday night. In front of a packed house filled with gun owners, issued ranged from the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of […]

Race for Leg. 9 Seat Uncontested After DiCarlo Pulls Out

Race for Leg. 9 Seat Uncontested After DiCarlo Pulls Out

A potentially contentious Republican primary has come to a quiet end after one of the candidates officially withdrew his name from consideration last week. Former legislator and Mahopac resident Anthony DiCarlo confirmed he has dropped out of the race to regain the seat he once held, in hopes of running for the Carmel town board […]

PSC Appoints Temporary Operator for Forest Park Water Group

PSC Appoints Temporary Operator for Forest Park Water Group

The New York State Public Service Commission (Commission) today announced that it had directed Suez Water New York Inc. to take over the day-to-day operations of a water company in Putnam County to ensure that the company’s customers will continue to receive a safe and adequate supply of water. “The Commission is obligated to ensure […]